from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various evergreen shrubs or small trees of the genus Leptospermum, native to Australia and New Zealand, having small, needlelike leaves and white, pink, or red flowers.
  • n. Any of several Australian trees of the genus Melaleuca, especially M. alternifolia, whose leaves yield an oil used in various herbal preparations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The tea plant, Camellia sinensis, from which black, green, oolong and white tea are all obtained.
  • n. The tree Melaleuca alternifolia from which tea tree oil is obtained.
  • n. A shrub or small tree native to New Zealand and southeast Australia, Leptospermum scoparium.
  • n. The kanuka, Kunzea ericoides.
  • n. The duke of Argyll's tea tree, Lycium barbarum, also known as wolfberry or matrimony vine.
  • n. The shrub ti, Cordyline fruticosa.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the tea plant of China. See Tea plant, above.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common tea-plant or tea-shrub. See tea, 2.
  • n. A name of various myrtaceous and other plants, chiefly of the genera Leptospermum and Melaleuca, found in Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. See phrases below.


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